After making her mark on the field at Evans High School, Caroline Edmonds had to make her pitch to colleges.
Sending out highlight videos produced by her mother Stacie Adkins and aunt Elizabeth Anderson, Edmonds got a bigger bite than she anticipated from Division I independent Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. On May 9, Edmonds signed her letter of intent to play for the Patriots in 2013.
“I went there and I loved it,” Edmonds said, adding that the Patriots being in Division I was a plus. “The campus was small so I feel like I’ll know people when I go. The soccer stadium was really nice. It’s a year old so it’s all brand new, up-to-date, so that’s awesome.”
Edmonds was a 2012 All-Region 2-AAAAA first-teamer, scoring 25 goals, then scored 17 goals in 2013 as the Lady Knights went 6-9, despite missing three games with a concussion. Compensating for injuries to other members of the team, Evans head coach Kevin Musick also moved her all over the field.
Musick appreciated what Edmonds has meant to the program and had faith in her ability to succeed at the collegiate level.
“She has been that true leader for us the past four years,” Musick said. “We’re very proud of her. She’s got a great personality and attitude and it’s going to take her far.”
Edmonds has played for the Augusta Arsenal for just a year, but her coach Tom Norton has seen enough to think she’ll flourish with the Patriots.
“I feel like she’ll do really well in college,” said Norton. “The college level is looking for people who can take on players one-on-one and get ’em behind them, and that’s what she does really well.”